The Southern African Development Community (SADC) started as Frontline States whose objective was political liberation of Southern Africa. SADC was preceded by the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC), which was formed in Lusaka, Zambia on April 01, 1980 with the adoption of the Lusaka Declaration (Southern Africa: Towards Economic Liberation). The SADC Mission is to promote sustainable and equitable economic growth and socio-economic development through efficient productive systems, deeper co-operation and integration, good governance, and durable peace and security, so that the region emerges as a competitive and effective player in international relations and the world economy. (Source SADC).


Gender Equity in hiring practices

A recent job posting on the website (February 2012) states: SADC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from female candidates

Gender in Organization’s Structure

SADC’s Protocol on Tribunal and the Rules of Procedure Thereof mention gender:


  1. Each State may nominate one candidate having the qualifications prescribed in Article 3 of this Protocol.
  2. Due consideration shall be given to fair gender representation in the nomination and appointment process.

SADC’s Protocol on Tourism outlines gender:


  1. Promote a culture of human rights, gender sensitivity and be responsive to the requirements and involvement of people with disability.
  • Gender is also mentioned in the Infrastructure and services key functions of the Directorate and affiliated bodies:
  • Promotion of capacity building and training programmes to enhance regional integration;
  • Promotion of stakeholder participation through, among other things, gender mainstreaming and increased private sector investment and input as well as ease of implementation

SADC promotes gender through the publication of the press release by UN Women about International Women’s Day:

Article 15 of the Final Communiqué of the 28th Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government outlines gender (2008):

  • Agreement Amending the Treaty;
  • Protocol on Gender and Development;
  • Protocol on Science, Technology and Innovation;
  • Agreement Amending Article 20 of the Protocol on Trade;
  • Agreement Amending Article 6 of the Protocol on the Tribunal

Gender Events at SADC

SADC held a gender workshop entitled: ODL Gender Mainstreaming Trainers Workshop from November 14, 2011 to November 18, 2011

A 2011 Meeting of SADC Ministers Responsible for Gender/Women’s Affairs was held in Windhoek, Namibia on the 2nd June, 2011.

In 2012, SADC highlighted the 16 days of activism to end GBV:

Gender mainstreaming

SADC has a Gender and Development Protocol:

SADC’s protocol on energy mentions gender:


The protocol on education and training also mentions gender:

Gender is outlined in the Declaration and treaty of SADC

The organization has a gender unit, and the newsletters for this organization can be found here:

Detailed activities of the gender unit can be viewed here:

There is no information on the SADC website on Gender-Sensitive hiring or Gender disaggregated data of staff/organization breakdown

 Please visit the website of   The Southern African Development Community (SADC) to find out more about the organisation at

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